Riveting YA books that are great gifts for teens

Riveting YA books that are great gifts for teens
Wondering what to get the teens on your holiday gift list? Books are always a good option, and there are so many wonderful young adult (YA) books out now, with something for every teen’s interest. Here are ten riveting YA books that would be great to give as gifts to teens this holiday season, or any... Read more »

New books for tweens that make great gifts

New books for tweens that make great gifts
Books make great gifts at any age, and giving a tween a book they love can truly be the gift that keeps on giving, especially if it ignites a love of reading, introduces them to new friends, or gives them a fantastic new world to inhabit. Gifting books also reinforces that reading can be fun, not a... Read more »

25 Acts of kindness to do on World Kindness Day (and every other day) that don't cost anything

25 Acts of kindness to do on World Kindness Day (and every other day) that don't cost anything
Happy World Kindness Day! Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. As Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Here are s25 acts of kindness that you can do with your kids that don’t cost anything. – Make and send a card to a lonely senior citizen.... Read more »
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7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)

7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)
What teens and tweens want for Christmas can be a challenge. They’re not always easy to buy for. To help, Propeller Insights surveyed more than five hundred of teens on behalf of Ebates to find out what the hot gifts are this year. They shared their findings with me and I wanted to share them with... Read more »

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens
My daughter and I saw Kristin Chenoweth perform at the Paramount Theater in Aurora this weekend.   In addition to lighting up the stage with her megawatt personality and wowing with her amazing vocal talent, she spent a little time talking with the members of the high school choir she had invited to join her... Read more »

Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition

Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition
It seems like literally overnight everyone puts away their pumpkins (or as was the case in my neighborhood, someone takes and smashes them in the street) and shifts into holiday mode. Today, November 1, I saw a Thanksgiving display at the local library and noticed a shop window that was ready for Christmas, twinkle lights and... Read more »
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How to's for parents of teens

How to's for parents of teens
Parents can’t be expected to know it all. “How do I help my teen with this?” is a question that passes through my mind several times a day, at a minimum. Thankfully, there are people sharing valuable wisdom for those circumstances in which we aren’t experts. Here are some “how to” articles that I’ve read recently... Read more »

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother
Last week, I heard an interview with Jane Goodall on Science Friday on NPR. (I know, you’re shocked I wasn’t rocking out during my commute to kick off a wild weekend, but allow me to proudly flash my geek credentials. If you missed it, you can listen to the full episode here.) I was struck... Read more »

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens
The news about Harvey Weinstein and the “#MeToo” campaign on social media have generated much conversation about the topic of sexual harassment. In both instances, many victims say that they were first harassed as children, and that is in keeping with the findings reported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Their data shows that every two... Read more »
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10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them

10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them
Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, according to some websites, like Common Sense Media. Other sites said it was back in September. Another says it’s in February and it’s just a day. At first, I was a bit confused. And, I admit, a little frustrated. Then I realized that the lack of agreed upon date... Read more »